Wellington native wins first pro boxing bout
MONCTON, N.B. – Richard Arsenault of Wellington enjoyed a successful debut in professional boxing on Saturday night.
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Richard Arsenault of Wellington won his professional boxing debut in Moncton, N.B., on Saturday night.
The 34-year-old Arsenault recorded a unanimous decision over Guy Desforges of Moncton, N.B., in a cruiser weight bout. Both boxers weighed in at 179 1/2 pounds. The judges had Arsenault winning all four rounds of the bout, which took place at the Moncton Lions Centre.
“It was a great fight,” said Joe Borden, who is Arsenault’s boxing coach and standup coach in mixed martial arts (MMA). “It was a perfect fight for Richard because he was fighting a guy (Desforges) who is a veteran, is very tough and is a hometown boy.
“Richard boxed really well. He won all four rounds of the fight, although the third round was close. He took it to him, he won it and was happy with it.”
Arsenault is currently the Elite 1 MMA welterweight champion. He has an 8-2 (won-lost) record in MMA.
“It’s (boxing) a completely different sport than MMA,” said Arsenault in a phone interview on Sunday morning. “It’s not the same. I enjoy it (boxing) very much, but it drained me a lot more.
“You get the body shots, movement and defending yourself, and there’s a lot of things I have to work on.”
One of the biggest differences between MMA and boxing, said Arsenault, is where competitors place their hands.
“It was a great fight. It was a perfect fight for Richard because he was fighting a guy (Desforges) who is a veteran, is very tough and is a hometown boy. Richard boxed really well. He won all four rounds of the fight, although the third round was close. He took it to him, he won it and was happy with it.” Coach Joe Borden
“When I fight in MMA I keep my hands down a lot because I want to see kicks coming,” said Arsenault. “In boxing, it’s not good to have your hands down. You can take a lot of punches in the face.”
Arsenault, who recognized the support of his wife Courtney Arsenault, boxing coach Joe Borden, his sponsor Victory Boxing and the fans who attended the boxing card, said Desforges was a very worthy opponent. Arsenault also expressed his appreciation to Last Round Boxers for organizing the card.
“He (Desforges) was definitely tough, and he is definitely a veteran in the sport.”
Next up for Arsenault will be his MMA title defence against Matt McGrath of Charlottetown in January.
“Then I’m going to try a few more boxing matches after that one, win or lose,” said Arsenault. “My training camp starts tomorrow (Monday) now for Matt.
“It’s going to be a very hard and gruelling training camp because he’s (McGrath) a very tough guy.
“I’m very excited to get in the cage and fight with him. I just can’t wait for the new year.”